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Amazing Dust Storms

July 1st 2011 05:55
A dust / sand storm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions. Dust storms arise when a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface.

As the force of wind passing over loosely held particles increases, particles of sand first start to vibrate, then to saltate ("leap"). As they repeatedly strike the ground, they loosen and break off smaller particles of dust which then begin to travel in suspension. At wind speeds above that which causes the smallest to suspend, there will be a population of dust grains moving by a range of mechanisms: suspension, saltation and creep.



Here are some impressive dust storm images. See many more at egoTVonline here.



dust storm in IRAQ



sand storm hits city



midwestern dust storm




dust storm in Sydney



dust storm hits city
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